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"Combine Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels with Jane Austen, add a touch of Dickens and a modern sex scene, then you'll have the flavor of Nicky Penttila's Note of Scandal. The notes and scandals are far from predictable, and the writing's smooth and intelligent."--Sheila Deeth

About the Author

Nicky Penttila writes stories with adventure and love, and often with ideas and history as well. She enjoys coming up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then she *must* travel there, you know, for research. She lives in Maryland with her reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat. She's chattiest on Twitter, @sunshinyday, and can also be found at nickypenttila.com.

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  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing (May 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083WA1G0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,459 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nicky Penttila writes stories with adventure, ideas, history, and love. She likes to come up with stories that are set in faraway cities and countries, because then she *must* travel there, you know, for research. She lives in Maryland with her reading-mad husband and amazing rescue cat.

Nicky loves hearing from readers. You can find her at:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickyPenttila (chattiest here)
Website: http://www.nickypenttila.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5857925.Nicky_Penttila

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Combine Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels with Jane Austen, add a touch of Dickens and a modern sex scene, then you'll have the flavor of Nicky Penttila's Note of Scandal. The notes and scandals are far from predictable, and the writing's smooth and intelligent. Well-researched historical details add depth to plot and character, from the technology of the printing press to financial constraints on rich and poor, the poverty of returning soldiers and the ethically strained laws of politics in the aftermath of Waterloo. Martin Purdy struggles to recover from his physical and mental wounds, while Olivia Delancey schemes to please everyone, especially Martin and his fiancee, accidentally plotting her own downfall. If only Olivia had someone besides her music to love, but now even her promised betrothal's falling through. The men of this world respect women only as marriage fodder, and Olivia has no respect at all for their preconceptions.

My favorite scene is of newspaperman Will sketching the action in an age without photographers. Tourists stare at history in the making, and newspapers either report or devise the news. Meanwhile a pleasing marching tune keeps the story moving swiftly along. Olivia and Will have all the expected misunderstandings and more. And Olivia herself has to learn to recognize true friendship and become her own ally before story's end. Note of Scandal is an enjoyable romantic novel with that extra bit of historical backstory that brings an era as well as its people to life--a quick fun read.

Disclosure: I received an ecopy during the author's blog tour with a request for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pure Jonel on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
This novel is a unique and captivating look back in time. Penttilla takes the lives of quite a few individuals and shows how they intertwine, creating real lives and an amazing story. She doesn't stop there either. Love and heartbreak abound in this novel, where characters attempt to follow their hearts and themselves, against societal expectations.

This is a very well written story. It has a nice flow that fits with the storyline. The story and the writing progress in tandem with each other, not disconnected. Penttilla has created a very cohesive work that allows you to immerse yourself in it. This follows through into Penttilla's narrative and descriptions. Although vivid and demonstrative, Penttilla's descriptions remain unobtrusive. She uses them to enlighten her readers, rather than to overpower the story.

The characters in this novel are quite well developed. Not only are they interesting in their own rights, but they also fit within the stereotypes for the time period. I also appreciate that some of the characters were at war with themselves, weighing their desires against what is expected of them. This is something that remains within us, even today, yet is much less pronounced now than it was then. The interactions between these unique characters brought to light just how much `scandal' has changed over time.

Not only is this story itself interesting, but it makes you want to journey back in time. It is a heartbreaking story that you can relate to regardless of the expanse of time in between. That said, it's also one of the happiest and most empowering stories I've read in quite a while.

Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V.A. Dold on April 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have never read an historical fiction/romance that involved Waterloo before. This was a great twist. You get wounded soldiers, newspaper publishers, a variety of social levels, and women hiding behind men so that they can "create" art or in this case music.

I must say the first 5 chapters were a bit difficult to read. Maybe it was me but there seemed to be a lot of vocabulary I had to look up. But once I hit about chapter 6 it was smooth sailing.

I found myself cheering for Olivia and Will, wanting to slap Olivia's parents into reality, hold Martin to make him feel better, and just plain annoyed with the self absorbed, selfish upper classes.

Olivia is always trying to help others and never seems to be appreciated; her project so to speak in this book is to help Martin and Mary so that they can be married. Olivia is also a very talented composer. Problem is Olivia lives in a time when women were not allowed to do things like create art in any way. When Olivia sends Martin a piece of music she has written he plays if for his regiment as a march an everyone falls in love with the tune. This gives Olivia an idea, let Martin pass the music off as his own and the lies and deceptions spiral out of control from there.

I truly enjoy this romance and you will too.

*I received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hello-booklover on July 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I received this from netgalley and was pleasantly surprised.

I wasn't sure if I would like a historical romance but this was a tender and sweet read. I did not like her friend Merry and how she felt that she was entitled to have everything her way.

I loved how this book portrayed that woman even in this era wanted to be independent and strong and could be. Society woman could be and if they found the right man to support them would shine and grow. And Miss Delancey did. She found a newspaper man named Will by accident. She lied and schemed at first not for him but to help Merry and Martin get their happily ever after. Martin just got back from the war and was broken but him and Merry wanted to marry. He needed a station in life and Miss Delancey helped him get one, with the help of Will of course.

This lie led to more and more and this snowballed but not before she fell in love.

A book that shows how societal woman are boxed into roles and the strength of one to forge ahead and become herself- a strong talented person who has someone who understands and supports her endeavours.

a wonderful read.
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